WVAS Honors Floyd!
- Each station will play Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" -
Alabama State University's WVAS FM 90.7 National Public Radio station will join a nationwide group of similar radio stations on June 9 (Tuesday) to honor the memory of George Floyd, the African - American man who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis. As part of the tribute to Floyd, each station will play the same civil rights ballad simultaneously. WVAS will join more than 60 radio stations nationwide in playing Sam Cooke's acclaimed anthem, "A Change is Gonna Come" at 2 p.m. (CST).
The national grouping of radio stations is either affiliated with Historic Black Colleges and Universities or with the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, said Jay Holcey, program and music director at WVAS.
"We all feel compelled to be a part of this sacred act to celebrate the life and memory of Mr. Floyd," Holcey said. "As stations that celebrate African-American music, we thought it fitting to play one of Sam Cooke's most iconic ballads whose theme is that a change is finally going to come, which is our hope and desire."
Holcey said that it is befitting that the tribute to Floyd comes during the month of June, which is African-American Music Celebration Month in the United States.
To take part in this solemn remembrance, tune in to WVAS at 90.7 on the FM dial or by visiting the station’s website at wvasfm.org.